The resignation of Kodangal MLA A Revanth Reddy from his assembly membership, following his departure from the Telangana Telugu Desam Party has surprised many in political as well as media circles.
Reason: These days, it is a rarity that a legislator has resigned from the assembly membership after quitting his or her party.
Almost all the MLAs who defected from one party to another have been continuing in the posts shamelessly in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The only exception that we have seen in the recent past is that of Shilpa Chakrapani Reddy, who resigned from his MLC post, before defecting from the TDP to YSR Congress party.
So, the resignation of Revanth is a moral blow to Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
If Revanth’s resignation is accepted, there will be by-elections to Kodangal assembly seat and KCR has field his party candidates in the bypolls. Then, he would have to face the question as to why he has not asked for the resignation of other TDP legislators who had defected to the TRS earlier.
He will lose the moral right to ask for the votes of the Kodangal voters without asking other defectors to resign from their seats. That way, Revanth has gained an upper hand!